Blind since birth, Wonder signed with Motown Records at the age of eleven, yes eleven, and continues to play for the same label. He is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist who has recorded more than 30 U.S. top ten hits and won twenty-two Grammy Awards, the most ever won by a male solo artist.
At the age of eleven, Wonder was discovered outside on a street corner by a relative of the Miracles’ Ronnie White, who was later introduced to Wonder. White brought Stevie and his mother to Motown Records. Impressed by the young musician, Motown CEO Berry Gordy signed him to Motown’s Tamla label with the name Little Stevie Wonder.
Stevie Wonder became the 2nd recipient of the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for pop music, and was honored by president Obama at the White House. Mr. Wonder has also finally in 2010, been appointed Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand, due to be invested with this honor in 1981, but scheduling problems prevented this from happening. A lifetime achievement award was also given to Stevie on the same day, at France’s biggest music Awards. In June 2011, the Apollo Theater inducted Stevie Wonder into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame. These are only some of the awards that Stevie has won doing good works.